Washington Redskins @ Carolina Panthers
Sunday, 1:00 PM ET
After a quick NFL picks start, the Redskins couldn’t hold up against the Eagles at home in a tough 20-13 loss that could mark a potential turning point in their season. Washington won three of their first four games with Red Grossman as the starting quarterback, but after he threw four interceptions against Philadelphia, head coach Mike Shanahan is reassessing his options. Shanahan could very well go with John Beck, who ran for the Redskins’ lone touchdown against the Eagles, although a couple of players have already voiced their support in favor of continuity. Wide receiver Santana Moss has gone on record saying that there is “no doubt” that Grossman should be the team’s starter, but if he is going to continue to handle that role he will need to be more careful with the football and avoid the turnovers that have plagued him throughout his career. The schedule doesn’t get any easier for Washington with games against Cam Newton and the Panthers and then the surprising Buffalo BIlls, and it will take a greater sense of urgency if they are going to bounce back from last week’s loss regardless of who gets the sports betting start.
NFL Betting Pick: Washington Redksins + 2.5
St. Louis Rams @ Dallas Cowboys
Sunday, 4:15 PM ET
The Cowboys made the mistake of giving Tom Brady and the New England Patriots the ball in the dying minutes of a game they led, and it came back to haunt them as Brady marched down the field and delivered the game-winning touchdown. Dallas has now surrendered fourth quarter leads in each of their three losses, and if they are going to have any chance at making a push for the playoffs they are going to need to avoid those costly mistakes late in games. The Cowboys will match up well against the winless Rams, but like any other game they will need to protect the football. St. Louis has had a tough time moving the ball, and it won’t get any easier against Rob Ryan’s defense. Dallas head coach Jason Garrett prefers to move the ball through the air, and it will be interesting to see if they go to the ground more often against the league’s worst run defense. The Rams will have a tough pay head time remaining competitive against any team on the road, and if the Cowboys are going to be contenders this year they will have to make a statement in this game.
NFL Betting Pick: Dallas Cowboys – 13